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Iraq: Erbil residents hold pro-independence rally ahead of upcoming referendum01:02

Iraq: Erbil residents hold pro-independence rally ahead of upcoming referendum

Iraq, Erbil
September 17, 2017 at 11:23 GMT -00:00 · Published

Thousands of people held a pro-independence rally in the Kurdistan Region capital of Erbil, Saturday, ahead of an upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq on September 25.

The rally attendees gathered in Shanidar Park in central Erbil, setting off fireworks, waving Kurdish flags and dancing to traditional Kurdish tunes, in a bid to promote the 'Yes' vote on the upcoming referendum.

Iraqi Kurdistan is set to vote on 25 September in an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey.

Iraq: Erbil residents hold pro-independence rally ahead of upcoming referendum01:02
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Thousands of people held a pro-independence rally in the Kurdistan Region capital of Erbil, Saturday, ahead of an upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq on September 25.

The rally attendees gathered in Shanidar Park in central Erbil, setting off fireworks, waving Kurdish flags and dancing to traditional Kurdish tunes, in a bid to promote the 'Yes' vote on the upcoming referendum.

Iraqi Kurdistan is set to vote on 25 September in an independence referendum that is opposed by Baghdad as well as neighbouring Iran and Turkey.

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